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Life Admin

How I Learned to Do Less, Do Better, and Live More
Narrated by: Elizabeth F. Emens
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
3 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Listening to this audiobook should be at the top of your To Do list. Life Admin will give you many hours of your life back.

Every day an unseen form of labor creeps into our lives - stealing precious moments of free time, placing a strain on our schedules and our relationships, and earning neither appreciation nor compensation in return. This labor is life admin: the kind of secretarial and managerial work necessary to run a life and a household.

Elizabeth Emens was a working mother with two young children, swamped like so many of us, when she realized that this invisible labor was consuming her. Desperate to survive and to help others along the way, she conducted interviews and focus groups to gather favorite tips and tricks, admin confessions, and the secrets of admin-happy households.

Life Admin tackles the problem of admin in all its forms, from everyday tasks like scheduling doctors appointments and paying bills, to life-cycle events like planning a wedding, a birth, a funeral. Emens explores how this labor is created, how it affects our lives, and how we might avoid, reduce, and redistribute admin whenever possible - as individuals and as a society.

Life Admin is the book that will teach us all how to do less of it, and to do it better.

©2018 Elizabeth F. Emens (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Marie Kondo your time for beginners

If you’ve already thought about managing and minimizing makework in your life, you won’t find too much new here. That said, most don’t do this enough.

If removing extra crap from your calendar is new to you, this is a good book. If not, it’s largely not useful to you.

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A marvel!

This book is a marvel. It beautifully blends life-changing conceptual insights with life-changing practical strategies. I understand my life better after reading it, and I have concrete plans on how to tackle previously unseen, unnamed, and under-appreciated problems. As one person quoted by the author says, it’s like reading a book about air—but only if air hadn’t been discovered yet! Admin is all around us. It pervades our lives. Understanding that has already changed my marriage, and my professional relationships. I've recommended it to many friends and family, and everyone loves it—especially the Super-Doers and the Admin Avoiders!

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No need to read it, title says it

Maybe I’m off here, but I’m assuming most people are familiar with Life admin. I was hoping for tips/tricks on how to be better at it, this book is more just an academic discussion that confirms that it exists, and whether you’re the type to deal with it or not. Didn’t take anything away from it so probably wouldn’t recommend it to friends